This past summer, I went on a rather costly south East Asian adventure and had to figure out ways to cut costs in running my air bnb to make up for it… so I went to My local chain of $1 stores where everything is actually $1 and found some AMAZING products that have lasted up to 6 months (and no complaints from guests, either) all of them are house keepe approved.
LA’s totally awesome laundry detergent + fabric softener — all of my linens come out clean and smelling bleachy (something I think my guests like because no irritatingly overwhelming smell and it makes them feel like everything is sanitary) — I also use dryer sheets from there, I throw 3-4 in with each load and it leaves a very subtle floral scent.
LA’s totally awesome orange cleaner concentrate — I live on the 3rd floor of a walk up building and you can smell this refreshing citrusy scent from the bottom of the 2nd floor steps. I use it for everything from the wood floors to the counter tops. It doesn’t smell overly chemically and cleans great. after 6 months and 2 regular size cleaning bottles worth of refills, it’s still 90% full.
32 oz bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash— I bought a nice wall mounted bottle holder to go into my walk in shower to keep everything streamline and organized. I just fill them up with $1 products. The bottles have lasted me 6 months and over 50 guests.
Comet toilet bowl cleaner — does the trick, my toilet is never really dirty. I do a quick sanitize with the brush and leave the water blue to give guests the confidence that the toilet is fresh.
Plain ol comet — super size for $1, cleans the shower wonderfully.
Garbage bags— my guests tend to not create much waste because they’re busy exploring a major city, so this may be subjective as these bags are very thin. But as someone who things garbage bags are the dumbest purchase ever (why buy something you’re literally just going to throw out and are given for free with every purchase??) they work wonderfully for my space and look a hell of a lot better than grocery store bags.
They’ve also got all the other essentials: sponges, big bottles of bleach, granola bars, coffee creamer pods, oat meal packages, single serve cookie packages, coffee…
I leave a toiletry basket in my cupboard full of anything one could need: razors, shaving foam, feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, leave in conditioner, even nail varnish and it didn’t cost me more than $10.
it’s become my one-stop-shop for all of my air bnb needs. I use natural products in my own home, but with the amount of professioal cleanings and guests I go through in my space it just wouldn’t be worth it. People are only there for a few days at a time, so I don’t think they mind one bit if the linens don’t reek of lavender and eucalyptus or there aren’t organic hemp and chia seed granola bars.
Check it out if you haven’t!